• Dear B: Fifth Birthday Edition

    Dear B, This was just yesterday, wasn’t it? So, how are you already blowing out the candles on your fifth birthday cake? You often ask me to tell you the story of “the time that you found the cutest baby.” And, of course, I oversimplify greatly when I tell you how I went to the hospital on August 30, 2013, looked through the window to the nursery, spotted you and said “that’s the baby that I want to take home!” And, you laugh when I tell you that when we got home, you cried all night, pooped in your diaper, ate all my food and climbed all over me like…

  • Bye, Bye, Crib

    We gave away the crib. Of all the parenting milestones that I’ve encountered so far, I don’t think that any have hit me as hard as this one has. The last time that we moved someone to big girl bed, it was just weeks before a new little one joined our family. But, in the blink of an eye, that new little one isn’t so little anymore. She said “Bye, bye crib” and we moved her big sister’s bed into her room. And, big sister, who is just a couple of weeks away from turning five, got an even bigger, big girl bed, that once belonged to mama. The rational…